So how many 13-month-old babies do you know that get to eat chocolate cookies for breakfast? It sounds absurd, right? Well, in Italy, it’s not. (See my post earlier this year on the Battle of Breakfast.) In fact, my mother-in-law regularly sends us packages with yummy Italian food; usually cheeses, cured meats, chocolates, breakfast cookies, espresso, pasta, and just general Italian deliciousness. We love them and are very lucky, indeed.
So, in these delicious packages usually come Giuseppe’s favorite breakfast item, Pan di Stelle, the disputed, infamous breakfast cookies. They are consumed in the way that we would eat biscotti at a coffee shop. Giuseppe dips them into his cup of hot caffe` latte. Whenever he has this for breakfast, Paolo wants it, too. And the chocolate cookies alone are not enough. Paolo insists on dipping the cookie in one of our cups of coffee before taking each bite, just like his papa`. So I’ve started making Paolo his own mug of “coffee,” which is really just a cup of milk for dipping. He makes a huge mess, but it’s pretty funny and pretty cute.
Did I mention that he takes his breakfast pretty seriously? Look at that face.
Also, notice our Christmas tree in the background. I had to clear off my desk and put the tree on top of it. I just didn’t trust that Paolo wouldn’t try to knock it over and pull off all of the ornaments all day, every day. So I didn’t take any chances. Also, we don’t have a fireplace, so I had to hang our stockings on the credenza…